Down South News
JUNE • 1942
Published in cooperation with
THE MISSIONARY HERALD AT HOME AND ABROAD
REV. DAVID W. SHEPHERD
To all interested in the Kentucky-
Tennessee and Alabama Confer-
I am humbled by the new-
responsibility of becoming super-
intendent of the entire Southeast
District, including the work of
our churches in Alabama, Ken-
tucky, Tennessee, all of Florida,
Georgia, and South Carolina.
Pr. Fred P. Ensminger has served
you long and faithfully. It has
become necessary with the re-
tirement of Dr. Ensminger to
combine my work with his, thus
giving me this wide territory.
It shall be my hope to be able to
serve you well. I shall need your
prayers and your help, and I
pledge to you the best I have for
Christ and His cause. Together
we can go forward in His name.
I am happy that we are to
have in the work as pastor-at-
large, Rev. David W. Shepherd,
now pastor of the United Church
in LaGrange, Georgia. Mr. Shep-
herd has served well in the
churches of Georgia and Alabama
and is well qualified for his new
responsibilities. It is a source of
strength and confidence to know
that we are to have the continued
leadership of Miss Marguerite
Davison, Extension Worker for
Young People and Women's
Work, who will continue to have
as her primary responsibilities
this work in Alabama, Kentucky,
Tennessee, and West Florida, and
Miss Christine Skelton, who suc-
ceeded Miss Pattie Lee Coghill
in January, as Extension Worker
in Florida and Georgia.
Please feel that we are your
servants, to be freely used by
you. Call upon us whenever we
can be of service.
Wm. T. Scott
Issued monthly, except July and
August, at Worcester, Mass., by the
Kentucky and Tennessee Conference of
Congregational Churches and the Ala-
bama Congregational and Christian
Conference in cooperation with The
Missionary Herald at Home and Abroad.
Entered as second-class matter, De-
cember 23, 1937, at the post office at
Worcester, Mass., under the Act of
March 3, 1879.
Publication office, 44 Portland Street,
. Worcester, Mass.
Editorial and Executive offices,
1416 North 23rd Street
Rev. F. P. Ensminger
Mrs. Anne B. Ensminger
Subscription rate 25 cents per year,
additional 5 cents for mailing cost
We want to make this paper
mean as much as possible to our
churches, and we earnestly ask
your cooperation in two ways:
First, in sending news and sug-
gestions for publication; second,
by the increase and collection of
subscriptions. You can see how
impossible it will be for me to
collect individual subscriptions
either by mail or personal con-
tacts. It would be far too ex-
pensive. We shall have to depend
upon churches and ministers to
see that subscriptions are col-
lected and sent to us. It cost us
the full amount of the subscrip-
tion of 30 cents per year to pub-
lish and mail the papers to the
subscribers, so that nothing is
left for us to carry unpaid sub-
scriptions. It will be necessary
for us to carry only the subscrip-
tions which are paid for in
advance. You will understand
this and will give us your hearty
Again, I pledge you the best
efforts I have that our great work
may go forward for Christ and
Wm. T. Scott
paid in advance will be paid to
the new management. Subscrip-
tions due may be paid to Mrs.
F. P. Ensminger, Wadley, Ala-
W. A. HARPER, A.M.,
M.A., LITT.D., LL.D.
Our churches in the South lost
one of its brainiest and most
- winning, energetic, and effective
leaders in the passing of Dr.
William Allen Harper at the age
of 62 at Black Mountain, N. C.
He was on leave of absence from
Vanderbilt University during his
Dr. Harper was a Virginian.
From his work as Latin teacher
at Franklin Military Academy
he went to the principalship of
Kenley Academy, the Latin pro-
fessorship at Elon College and
finally the presidency of Elon.
His 20 years of service at Elon
brought the college into its larger
life. He built the large and beau-
tiful buildings which adorn the
His final academic position
was the professorship of Religious
Education in the School of Reli-
gion of Vanderbilt University.
He helped to raise a half-million
-dollar endowment for the School
Besides being a teacher and
summer lecturer in leading uni-
versities he was a prolific writer
and author of standard texts in
religious education, a favorite
lecturer, an administrator, a mon-
ey-raiser, and a leader in the
organization of the church and
a member of many of its
This area is grateful for his
part in the foundation in 1922 of
The Southern Union College.
We extend to Mrs. Harper,
who was Miss Estelle Walker of
Union Ridge, N. C, our sincere
sympathy and we hope for an-
other brilliant man to take the
place of Dr. Harper in our coun-
THE S. U. ENDOWMENT
As we go to press on May 26,
$2,900 in cash and Defense Bonds
is in sight for the Endowment
Fund of The Southern Union
College of Wadley, Alabama.
New subscribers are : Corbin, Ky. ;
Pilgrim, Beecher Memorial, and
Central Churches of New Or-
leans; Mr. Edgar French of
Chattanooga; Mrs. Horace D.
Campbell of Des Moines, Iowa;
the Southern Union Class of 1940
through Mr. Robert Weems and
Mr. Tom Nation of Demorest,
Ga. ; and Mr. Wm. W. Ensminger
of our Phenix.City Church and
At the Alumni Banquet of the
College on May 28, the cam-
paign, which was projected as a
20th birthday celebration effort
on last Commencement, was
launched with a fine start. We
hope that it will gain $1,000 in
the first month and will con-
tinue to increase. This paper
will be asked to give the total
each month beginning with the
next issue in September. F. P.
Ensminger, chairman of the
Endowment Committee, will have
Wadley, Alabama, as his head-
quarters and will give his time to
the endowment cause.
All desiring to benefit the
Government in its need of loans
and also the College may buy
Defense Bonds or Defense Stamps
and send the bonds or books of
stamps when filled to Mr. John
Robert Harris, treasurer of En-
dowment Fund, or to Pres. Ross
Ensminger, The Southern Union
College, Wadley, Alabama. Gifts
will encourage and aid worthy
students and teachers, establish,
strengthen and protect the college
in times of difficulty, and will
attract other endowments. A
limited amount of money will do
unlimited good at Southern Un-
ion. We ask your prayers, faith,
Rev. E. H. Rainey of Evarts is
preaching a week later on helpful
scripture passages suggested by
his people at a Sunday service.
The Evarts Community Church
had a Spring Rally, and Mother's
Day, Memorial Day, and Chil-
dren's Day programs and the best
At Pine Knot, Mr. George
Atley Cordell was elected Sunday
School superintendent and Mrs.
George Atley Cordell was made
chairman of the Woman's Work.
At Corbin, Rev. Edna Judd of
Union College gave March, April,
and May preaching services to
James Dewey Russell, the Cor-
bin Sunday School superintendent,
has been called to the colors. Miss
Edna Smith was presented with
$5-00 from the Sunday School as
a token of 20 years as an officer.
The church and Sunday School
gave a Defense Bond as an
appreciation to Supt. Ensminger.
It went to the college cause.
On Friday the Corbin Daily
Tribune prints a page of church
An important event at Stearns
was the Community Church wed-
ding of its member Miss Ruth
Anderson, to Mr. George Kellond
of Louisville. Rev. Emmett Bra-
selton was the officiating min-
ister. The Stearns Church pre-
sented Supt. Ensminger with a
fine Sheaffer fountain pen.
The Stearns Men's Club has
heard interesting discussions on
"Schools in the War Effort" by
Supt. W. O. Gilreath and Profes-
sors Hime and Cooper.
Rev. Marshall Wingfield re-
cently preached in the Virginia
Church in which he was ordained
in 1912. His brother, Rev. Rich-
ard W. Wingfield, conducted the
Worship service. Prof. Peter
Cooper of LeMoyne College sup-
plied his pulpit while he was in
Virginia. His recent addresses
were made to the Memphis Cross-
cut Club, Philosophers' Club, and
Ministerial Association. He par-
ticipated in a panel discussion on
post-war conditions, gave book
reviews and spoke to the Negro
Evangelist Erskine is to con-
duct meetings in the Robbins
Range parish this summer. Rev.
Orval Sampson may attend the
summer school for ministers at
Deering, N. H.
The directors' meeting of the
Atlanta Theological Seminary
Foundation was held on May 19.
Sherwood Community Church
had services on May 17 led by
Rev. Peter Doherty. He called
on many of the homes, read the
Bible and prayed where it was
desirable, and even washed the
church seats on Saturday after-
noon. On Sunday morning he
had Sunday School and a preach-
ing service. He is a great physi-
cian to churches.
Rev. Peter Doherty made 80
calls in April. He is preparing
for the coming in June of Dr.
James R. Clinton, whom he knew
Chattanooga Union Church
continues its good work in enter-
taining service men. A soldier
who had been a partner in a
night club in New York said that
he had not known that young
people could enjoy themselves in
church. A second picture of the
Dohertys, their . young people,
and the service men has appeared
in a Chattanooga paper. Miss
Gloria Shafer forwarded a mis-
sionary contribution made by
the young people.
Rev. Abram Nightingale made
60 calls in April. He has been
asked to be a teacher and coun-
sellor at Kamp Knighton. Mrs.
S. C. Bishop of Crossville has
sent in the "Woman's Gift" of
the year from the ' Crossville
Ladies' Missionary Society.
We are delighted to hear of the
distinct improvement in the
health of Rev. E. E. White of
Pleasant Hill. The Pleasant Hill
Church had a fine covered dish
dinner on April 15. The children
of the church school are rewarded
with buttons after three, seven
and 12 continued attendances.
Receipts for the Missionary
Apportionment and the Confer-
ence Dues have been sent to
Mr. Rozelle Starring of Grand-
Mrs. Jesse Gillis of R-i, Oak-
dale, writes of the destruction of
Rankin's Chapel by fire in Janu-
ary. This church was organized
by Rev. Mark N. Sumner.
JUNE 28-JULY 3
Rev. C. Car] Dollar as chair-
man of the Publicity Committee
has sent out notices to the Con-
gregational Christian people of
Alabama and Georgia announc-
ing this first and most important
areal conference. It is for all
groups (young people, adults and
ministers, and even children in
the Bible School). Bible courses
will be emphasized. Church
methods will be studied. Mis-
sionaries from China will speak.
There will be preaching every
night, and interest groups in the
afternoon. Stewardship is to be
stressed. Recreation is planned
for all and there will be helpful
work for those who choose work
projects. The expense is $3-5°
a week, $1.50 of which can be
paid in provisions except vege-
tables. The teachers and leaders
are Rev. A. R. Van Cleave, dean ;
Dr. Wm. T. Scott, supt. ; Rev. C.
Carl Dollar, registrar; Rev. Mal-
colm White, dean of men; Rev.
Annie Campbell, dean of women;
Miss Marguerite Davison and
Miss Christine Skelton in charge
of summer workers; Rev. David
Shepherd, pastor-at-large ; Mr.
and Mrs. Leonard J. Christian,
missionary speakers; and the
following: Rev. Jesse H. Dollar,
Newport News, Va. ; Rev. S. M.
Penn, Richland, Ga. ; Rev. Philip
M. Widenhouse, Atlanta; Dr.
Alfred W. Hurst, Chattanooga;
Rev. J. D. Dollar, Langdale;
Miss Lillian McKee, Thorsby;
and Dean W. A. Redfield,
BEAR CREEK (NORTH
Mr. Roy W. Alfred, Sunday
School superintendent at Garden
City, learned that he had some
fine friends when he lost his house
by fire, and they gave him Si 15
in cash and some provisions.
Brother Thrasher raised over
half of the money.
On Memorial Day at Liberty
Grove, Town Creek, Rev. M. L.
Thrasher preached the annual
sermon, and after dinner raised
$70 for the repairs of the church.
Rev. Adna N. Moore, pastor of
Birmingham Pilgrim Church in its
early days passed away at Colo-
rado Springs, Colo., after being a
church leader there for 38 years.
Dr. Harold Hutson is appre-
ciated as supply pastor at Pilgrim
Church and gave an excellent
church night program on "effi-
cient worrying." Mr. Ernest
The Birmingham Ensmingers
moved to Wadley, late in May.
Mrs. Ensminger will teach in the
college beginning in September,
and Dr. Ensminger is heading up
the campaign for the $200,000
endowment for the Southern Un-
The Association meets at Lib-
erty Hill Church, Houston, Aug-
ust 26-28, Rev. M. M. Rowe
being pastor host; Rev. R. F.
Estes the moderator; and Rev.
M. L. Thrasher the associate,
Rev. J. B. Gonzales christened
seven children in April.
The Thorsby Church gave Rev.
and Mrs. J. B. Gonzales a fare-
well reception on May 11, re-
gretfully parting company with
them after their most successful
and helpful pastorate. They left
for Kansas the next day.
Dr. Carl A. Poison took up the
work in Thorsby on May 18. His
college degree was from Campbell
University, Holton, Kansas, and
his doctor's degree from Indiana-
polis, Ind. He is from Swedish
Lutheran background in Kansas.
He comes with strong recom-
mendations from Chattanooga,
where he is a member of our Con-
ference and has been pastor of
the Shinn Memorial Church. He
began his ministry with the Dis-
ciples of Christ. He delivered the
Commencement Address at
Thorsby Institute on May 24.
Rev. Titus Aldridge of the Baptist
Church preached the baccalaur-
Miss Davison attended the
Home-coming at Mt. Creek
Union Church on May 11.
Electic Watson's Chapel
Church has done a good job in
repainting its house of worship.
■ Rev. and Mrs. Gerald Smith
send greetings from the Delta
Parish, at Rapid River, Mich.
He was elected a delegate to the
Lt. Andrew J. Higgins of
Camp Crowder, Missouri, visited
his home in Thorsby. He has
important responsibilities in a
special army training school.
Greetings to little Philip Daniel
Gletty, who has recently arrived
to bring happiness to his parents.
Liberty, Mt. Olive and other
churches have a great problem
when some of their people are
called on to work seven days in
Edward Knight has become
pastor of Cragford Mt. Carmel
Church and Dr. Fred. P. Ens-
minger of Alexander City An-
Mr. Vernon E. Kitchens is now
chairman of the East Alabama
fifth Sunday meeting. The May
31st meeting was held at Dingler's
Brother Kitchens and Rev.
Olin E. Sheppard attended the
Southern Convention at Rich-
mond. The Convention acknowl-
edged its indebtedness to the
East Association which has fur-
nished it many pastors.
Dr. Wm. T. Scott asked that
the Southern Convention appoint
a committee on fellowship with
the East Association so that the
old ties might not be lost.
Work on Roanoke Fairview
Church is progressing.
The baccalaureate sermon at
Southern Union was preached by
Rev. S. Lawrence Johnson of
Chicago and the Commencement
Address was by Supt. Wm. T.
Scott of Jacksonville, Fla.
The annual meeting of the
Association is at Mt. Olive
Church, R-i, Tallassee. Modera-
tor R. F. Field, Associate Modera-
tor R. A. McKay, and pastor-host
M. L. Thrasher will be among the
Andalusia New Home Church
was dedicated on May 18. Good
delegations were present from
Cold Water, Indian Creek, and
Antioch churches. A song service
was held after the sumptuous
dinner in the grove.
Rev. A. C. Nelson gave his
services on May 31 to New Home
Rev. Dumont Clarke sent two
Methodist missionaries, Miss Ma-
bel Sheldon of Kansas and Miss
Marian Warren of Iowa, to the
Andalusia Parish to see the
Lord's Acre work being carried
on there. They were entertained
by Rev. and Mrs. A. C. Nelson
for two days and taken to a
number of homes. They were
much interested in the work and
pleased with the leadership of
The Bells of Liberty Church
had a large family dinner on
Our prayers are offered for the
recovery of Mr. J. D. Teal of the
Secretary Newman of the Build-
ing Society was pleased with the
pictures of Headland Blackwoods
Rev. Chandler Adams received
18 members in the Pittsfield, New
Church on Easter Sunday.
The Association is held at
Indian Creek Church, R-3, Brant-
ley, July 23-25. Rev. A. C.
Nelson is both moderator and
The Evangelist John W. Er-
skine is to conduct the revival at
A number of our young men
including Max Tipton, Grady
Thrasher, Grady Adams, Wesley
Adams, Robert Adams, and Wm.
Ensminger are working at Mobile.
Digging and Learning at
By Victor Obenhaus, Principal of Pleasant Hill Academy
(Reprinted by permission of "Progressive Education")
For twenty years the children
of the elementary school at
Pleasant Hill Academy have
trudged to the classroom building
of the high school because there
the nearest washrooms are lo-
cated. This building is known
as Hopkins Hall.
Last year as spring came, the
senior science class was meeting
after lunch to plan the next
phases of their class program.
From their window they could
see little children en route to
and from the recitation building.
Someone in the group asked why,
in all the years of the school's
existence, washrooms had never
been built in the elementary
school. There were several rea-
sons: resources had not been
available in a school where funds
have always been scarce (the
county assumes no obligation for
the upkeep of the school, though
it does aid in providing teachers'
salaries) ; the buildings had been
constructed so long ago that the
inclusion of arrangements for
modern plumbing would necessi-
tate considerable extra work.
"How much would it cost to put
modern equipment in that build-
ing?" No one dared estimate for
there was no past experience on
which to base the cost. "How
long would it require?" The same
answer applied. Then a student
asked whether the school could
stand the expense if the students
did all of the work. In our school
all of the work is done by students
anyhow, so this was no sensa-
tional suggestion. It was fol-
lowed by the logical questions of
"What kind of arrangements
would we need?" "Where would
we find time to do it?" "What
can we girls do about it? This
sort of thing is all right for the
The teacher at this point asked
what were the steps necessary to
construct a set of admittedly
greatly needed washrooms in this
old building. The suggestions
came: Some plans for the dimen-
sions and placement of the rooms.
. . . Deciding on the material
needed. . . . Ascertaining the cost
of equipment. . . . Scheduling the
work to finish within the school
year. ... A study of plumbing
principles. . . .
The inevitable question was
next: "What has this to do with
Senior Science?" Our school is a
rural school and the students,
for the most part, come from
rural backgrounds. The problem
of modern plumbing, however,
affects all of them both because
of the plumbing in the school
and because increasingly the
•The Academy"— built in 1886: improved with modern plumbint in 1941
homes which are being constructed
in the region will have plumbing
provisions. The greatly increased
use of electricity permits in-
expensive pumps and pressure
tanks. At some length the stu-
dents considered whether there
was in such an enterprise the like-
lihood of sufficient learning to
warrant shifting from the text-
book material. There were hon-
est misgivings. On the other
hand, there was enthusiasm not
wholly related to the learning
prospects involved. The inevita-
ble Green Pastures of freedom
from required work lured some.
On the whole the interest was
genuine and the need sufficiently
real to give the affair a sense of
Then followed the organization.
An "Architects Committee" be-
gan to work on plans. The
ground hadn't been excavated
when the original building was
constructed in 1886. There were
no blue prints and even when
steam had been installed, there
were no clues to show where
lines went. Likewise, a wash-
room presents problems of priv-
acy and the necessity for the
placing of doors in such a way as
to insure this desired privacy.
There is also the problem of
drainage. Sandrock exists a foot
below the ground surface, so
there was not only the matter of
the drain pipes but the surface
water which would collect from
the stairs. The ' ' Architects Com-
mittee" was commissioned to go
to work while other groups en-
gaged in activities necessary for
An excavating group was im-
mediately necessary. Should only
the boys swing' the picks and
shovels or could the girls take
some part in this? The girls were
indignant at the suggestion that
their participation be of a less
active nature. The start of the
co-educational venture in ex-
cavating was not without abun-
dant sarcasm. It would be un-
truthful to say that the scoffers
remained to pray but at least the
rate at which buckets of sand and
rock were passed out of the win-
dows kept masculine muscles more
active than mouths. When the
architects presented their results,
it became apparent that the
excavators would have to spend
many more vigorous hours, caus-
ing no little friction between these
branches of the service. That was
bad enough but when the foun-
dations caved in only a miracle
kept injury from being added to
By common agreement the
partitions would be constructed
of concrete blocks. We possessed
a small hand block-making form
but no one had ever made a block
before. It is one thing to tamp
the mixture in the form but quite
another to get it out without
cracking. There are some mem-
bers of the class of '41 who will
never look at a concrete block
building without profound ad-
Lest one think that the whole
enterprise total up to a mass of
manual labor alone, it should be
said here that the properties and
manufacture of cement were made
a basis for study, as was the
geology of this region. The
difficult pick and shovel work
through hard rock had been
unknown to the members of this
class before, even though most of
them lived over this substance all
of their lives.
One problem of basic import-
ance was the acquiring of a septic
tank. It could be constructed or
purchased. After much delibera-
tion it was decided to purchase a
metal tank in view of the saving
in time and the fact that they
were comparatively inexpensive.
The functioning of a septic tank
then became an object of major
attention. The wisdom acquired
in this study was translated to
other members of the student
body by Septic Tank Missionaries
Classes. The sanitation problem
is obviously a very real one and
this included the drain field. In-
suring the protection of the other
residents in this student com-
munity is a solemn obligation.
The drain field was studied with
a view to meeting all standards
set by the state department of
sanitation, and the county sani-
tation officer found it good. He
favored making it somewhat larg-
er. References to sanitation needs
were noticeably lacking in the
' ' What kind of tile shall we use ?
Why cast iron pipe in some
places, glazed tile in others and
agricultural tile in still other
locations?" About a hundred
miles away there is a rich deposit
of clay, which accounts for a
considerable collection of clay
products companies here. One
of the larger of these companies
invited the class to spend a day
at their plant studying the prop-
erties of the various kinds of tile
and the way they are prepared
for use. It is doubtful whether
any day during the whole study
was more rewarding than this
" I never noticed the stack pipe
before," and neither have most of
us unless we are interested in
buildings and their construction.
Along with the consideration of
this indispensable part of the
plumbing went that of the opera-
tion of valves, water pressure
and the relative merits of the
water closet versus the "pressure
type." The invaluable resource
here was the young man who
supervises all construction and
repair work on our campus.
There was unanimous agreement
that these sessions with the
Superintendent of the Buildings
were the most profitable of all.
Few had ever considered what
was involved in the operation of a
faucet or flush bowl. The boys
on the repair force had been
summoned to meet emergencies
but their colleagues had not been
inducted into the mysteries of a
worn washer or a corroded pipe,
or even a "hung trap." Next,
the fixtures. Shall we have
vitreous china or enamel on
metal ? The pictures inspire devo-
tion to the cause of vitreous china
but the budget suggests enamel.
Catalogues had been secured and
they were well worn after the
search. A girl whose life ambi-
tion has been to enter nursing
was chairman of the important
purchasing committee and when
she signed the order her associates
had done a thorough job.
In the meantime, the construc-
tion group, whose membership
changed constantly to provide as
much experience as possible, had
erected the walls and laid the
floors, leaving the necessary open-
ings for the fixtures. The setting
of the fixtures, the handling of the
oakum and the melted lead, se-
curing the proper levels for the
pipe to insure drainage and the
pouring of the floor were occa-
sions which will last in memory.
Most of this activity was as new
to the teacher as to the students
and again everyone acknowledged
that the most important factor
in the entire affair was the Super-
intendent of the Buildings. A
gift for clear explanations and a
genius for working with other
people made him the chief source
of new learning.
At the end of the project there
was an examination but everyone
recognized that some of the great-
est learnings could not be meas-
ured by paper and pencil. The
gains in work habits, in social
attitudes, in social adjustments
were as clear, however, as the
gains in factual knowledge.
Rev. W. H. Tillman reports
good services at Bonifay, New
Effort Church which has sent in
The annual home-coming at
Dorcas Church, R-i, Crestview,
took place on April 18. Dorcas
had a big Memorial Sing on May
The Association meets with the
Baker Good Hope Church, Sep-
tember 25-27. Rev. M. D.
Morgan is pastor-host. Modera-
tor E. C. Patridge expects to
attend the General Council in
Durham, New Hampshire. He is
the director in the War Fund
"DOWN SOUTH NEWS"
With Dr. Ensminger's retire-
ment as Editor of the Down
South News, effective with Sep-
tember, the Florida-Georgia Con-
gregational Christian will be
merged with the Down South
News, the joint publication tak-
ing the name.
Heavenly Father, let us not be
content with anything less than
utter surrender to thee. May we
turn aside from our comfortable
ways and take up our cross — our
share of that which remains of
the sufferings of Christ — and,
following Him, bear clearer and
braver witness to the only Savior
of the world.
PLEASANT HILL TRAINING
Tennessee and Kentucky
From June 14-20, there will be
a training school for leaders in
Tennessee and Kentucky at Pleas-
ant Hill Academy. This year
the tire and gas shortage has
forced us to narrow our area
served by conferences and to
have more small conferences in
local situations. Pleasant Hill
won't serve the Alabama people
this year. However, it will have
a special course for the Junior
High School groups in Tennessee
and Kentucky. Also special em-
phasis will be placed on courses
for the laymen and Iaywomen of
our churches. The churches must
redouble their efforts to keep a
strong program going in these
troubled days, so every person
must get under the load of respon-
sibility. Pleasant Hill will help
our leaders to carry their loads.
Some of the leaders at the.
conference will be: Dr. and Mrs.
Victor Obenhaus, Rev. Abram
Nightingale, Mr. and Mrs. Orval
Sampson, Chaplain D. R. Brown-
ell, Missionary Philip Dutton of
China, Rev. and Mrs. E. H.
Rainey, Dr. A. W. Hurst, Rev.
Emmett Braselton, Rev. J. W.
Davenport, and Rev. A. L. De-
Jarnette. From neighboring
states will come Mrs. F. P.
Ensminger, Rev. M. V. White,
Miss Alice Scheetz, and Rev.
D. W. Shepherd, our new pastor-
Courses in Bible, methods for
the Sunday School and Young
People, Woman's Work, the pro-
gram of the church, missions,
recreation, music, handcraft, will
be offered. They will be pre-
sented in different ways for the
different groups, so that every
age will find an interesting and
Dr. Victor Obenhaus will take
charge of the "Eye Opener" as
he did last year. Rev. Emmett
Braselton will be our leader of
vespers, and our night program
committee will be headed by Rev.
Malcolm White whose versatility-
is well known.
Because of tire shortage we
shall have the conference from
Sunday night until the following
Saturday morning, so pastors
won't have to return to serve their
churches in the middle of the con-
ference. We have not increased
prices, for the shorter period
should enable us to meet expenses.
of Down South News make their
exit with this issue, Number 6 of
Volume VI. We have enjoyed
the paper and the fellowship back
of it. We are glad that it is
retaining its name while combin-
ing with The Florida-Georgia
Congregational Christian, also that
Miss Marguerite Davison will be
a continuous contributor with her
news of the young people. May
the paper go forward in fellowship
NEWS OF THE YOUNG
Thorsby Christian Life Con-
ference was held April 24-26,
and enjoyed wonderful weather.
The theme, "Bridges to the
Future," was well carried out all
through the conference in pro-
gram and in decorations. Out-
standing speakers at the confer-
ence were Dr. Hallie Farmer of
Montevallo College for Women,
Miss Marion Brown and Mrs.
W. A. Redfield of Southern
Union College, Dr. F. P. Ens-
minger and Rev. Earl Hotalen of
Birmingham, Rev. M. V. White
and Mrs. W 7 hite of North Geor-
gia, Rev. Oscar Davis of Clan ton,
and Rev. Titus Aldridge and
Rev. J. B. Gonzales of Thorsby.
Good delegations came from
Piedmont College at Demorest,
Georgia; from Southern Union
College, Wadley, Alabama; from
Birmingham ; from Archer's Chap-
el, East View and Wordsworth
churches. Many past students at
Thorsby Institute came back to
enjoy the conference fellowship.
The conference committee for
this year did excellent work
planning for the conference and
selecting committees. The new
officers elected for next year are:
president, Orin Marcus; vice-
president, Pattie Campbell; sec-
retary, Charlene Williams; treas-
urer, Leslie Duke.
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"Right forever on the scaffold,
Wrong forever on the throne.
Yet that scaffold rules the future
And behind the dim unknown
Standeth God within the shadow
Keeping watch above His own. "
(By Rev. Annie R. Campbell,
Theme : In Times Like These.
Devotional: At the superintend-
ents' meetings in different
sections of the country re-
cently, they with all of their
constituents agreed that the
needs of the church today
were to REPENT, BE-
LIEVE and GO FORWARD
Repent. The prophets were
continually warning their
people to repent and telling
them what the results would
be if they did not.
Amos was the prophet of
"impartial justice. " At first
he told the people of the
punishment ahead for the
Edomites, the Ammonites
and the Moabites and the
people said "Amen." Then
when he promised punish-
ment to Israel also they were
angry and wanted him to
Scripture: Amos 1:1,
7:12-15; Amos 2:6; Amos
5:10-15; Amos 5:21-24.
So we must repent for our
sins of co-mission and our
sins of omission as individ-
uals and as a nation.
Believe. That God is with us
working in the world today.
Scripture: Romans 8:28.
Let us believe and try to
learn through this present
crisis what God would have
us learn. (This may be en-
We cannot, as followers of
the Prince of Peace, desire
to stir up hatred for our
enemies or say that we be-
lieve God will bless our kill-
Neither can we skip over
the war period and look only
to the peace that is to follow
and try to see that it is a
just and durable peace which
will not breed another war.
We have to live and act
NOW and not hibernate un-
til the war is over. We must
go forward with God now
if we are to have anything to
say about the peace which
is to follow. We need to see
that our democratic prin-
ciples are actually practiced
in our own communities, by
being a friend at all times
even to that neighbor who
may have made some bitt
remarks about us.
Sentence Prayers: —
i. What are some of the things
which you and I can do in
our own communities to see
that democracy is practiced,
that even the humblest Negro
may have justice and a
2. How may we have a rebirth
of the Christian spirit in
our own families?
Hymns: "Trust and Obey,"
"Only Trust Him," "My
Faith Looks Up to Thee. "
Information: Read Part I of
the article "What Shall the
Christian Do?" in the May 6
issue of the Christian Century.
i. Is there a U.S.O. near you?
If so, perhaps you can plan
to help the soldiers, as our
Phenix City young people
and women's group are
doing, by helping with re-
freshments and planning a
worship service for them.
Or maybe you can invite
them to your church for a
.picnic as the Columbus
Church does and have an
evening of clean fun ?
Or how about inviting
them into your homes for
food and fellowship? You
would want someone to do
that for your boy, wouldn't
2. Some of the boys from your
church are in the service.
Could you not write to them
or if they are near enough
send them some of the things
which the government sug-
gests they may receive?
3. Through our "Woman's
Gift" of money we can help
those in areas of famine and
the refugees who have been
uprooted from their homes.
4. Are you planning any Red
5. Other business.
Social: Why not make up a
true-false test about your
Closing Prayer: Father, forgive
us for the things which we
have done that we ought not
to have done, and. for the
things which we have left
undone. Show us what we
may do now to work for
Thy Kingdom and yet have
Thy peaceful spirit within us,
as Jesus was at peace in the
midst of the storm on the
Sea of Galilee. Amen.
Mrs. E. T. Krueger, president
of the Congregational Christian
Woman's Fellowship of Tennessee
is emphasizing the Devotional
period in women's societies. She
writes: " Periods, of worship may
become moments of rest and re-
laxation, of communion and con-
secration. Long after one forgets
the words spoken, he will remem-
ber the spirit of oneness with his
fellowmen and uplift toward the
heart of God. "
' Besides the Woman's Gift from
Crossville, Mrs. Krueger, presi-
dent of the Tennessee Woman's
Fellowship, sent, through Mrs.
Wingfield, treasurer, $40.42, as a
Woman's Gift from the auxiliaries
in Chattanooga, both Pilgrim
and Union, in Daisy, Memphis,
Nashville, Robbins, and Soddy.
Miss Minnie Lee Fine, presi-
dent of the Woman's Work in
Alabama, writes: "The thing I
have in mind is to stress the
'Woman's Gift' in every church
this year — as much as I can by
June — and then something special
in 'Friendly Service' work. I
want to get the people anxious
to give; just a little from each
society will help them to begin
to feel that they are a part of
the national program — respon-
sible for their part. "
At the Mt. Grove "Decoration
there was a play given, "The
Great American Home."
Miss Fine spoke at the Wom-
an's Rally in Thorsby on "Wom-
an's Work — Its Place and Value. "
Of especial note is the fact that
the Archer's Chapel Society,
youngest in the Central District,
was represented at the rally 100
per cent; they gave good report
of their stewardship. As Mrs.
Luther Ballou's farewell message,
she laid emphasis on the respon-
sibility of the Mary and Martha
personalities. The Thorsby
Church presented a play, "A
Hospital Scene in China." A
collection was taken to start a
fund for Miss Fine's expenses as
president. As Mrs. Moseley in-
sisted that she must resign, Mrs.
J. H. Goddard, Thorsby, was
elected president, and Mrs. C. M.
Williams, Thorsby — secretary.
The meeting next March will be
held at Seman — the last Satur-
day of the month.
Miss Annie Campbell reports
of Mt. Carmel Society in East
Alabama that the County Agent
asked what they had been doing,
as from records in the office they
were reported to have the second
best society in the county.
Miss Campbell recently visited
the Phenix City Society United
Church, leading the devotions
in one meeting and speaking on
migrant work in another.
The Thorsby Ladies' Aid de-
lighted to devote the whole
program of one of its meetings
to honoring Mrs. Marie Petersen,
treasurer for 25 years. Besides
other individual gifts, Mrs. Peter-
sen received an electric percolator.
Birmingham welcomes Miss
Shirley Hassler, formerly of Cross-
ville Cumberland Homesteads.
Miss Fine reports an excellent
meeting at the North Association
Rally at Arley, Robinson's
Chapel. Mrs. Clara Davis Bridg-
man was the principal speaker
and she gave much inspiration
out of her Japanese missionary
background and real African ex-
perience and achievement. Miss
Elenore McGlawn was elected
president of Woman's Work in
South Central Alabama
The young people of different
communities met once more for
their Annual Easter Conference,
April 4-5, at Coldwater Church.
Everyone was present: Commu-
nity Church, Indian Creek, An-
tioch, New Home, Liberty, and
The Conference theme was:
"The Cross and the Dawn."
The reports from the societies
were better than usual and they
are hoping to make the year 1942
still better. Community reported
a new and lively society which has
done a great deal of work for the
new church and grounds. Indian
Creek has an active group which
has helped with the improve-
ments on the church.
Coldwater young people led a
devotional service before two
interesting talks: "Cooperation
between Young People and
Adults," by Miss Minnie Lee
Fine, and "Cooperation between
Young People," by Miss Ouida
After a good dinner at the
church, Community Church
Young People led a most digni-
fied and helpful worship service.
There were two talks on " Crosses
to be Borne Today": "The War
and Its Causes," by Miss Lillian
McKee, and " National Defense,"
by Professor Mooney. Everyone
thoroughly enjoyed the talks
At recreation period stunts
were given by each delegation,
then soft ball, volley ball and
the Easter egg hunt were en-
joyed by everyone. Vesper serv-
ice was conducted by Indian
Creek in a lovely pine grove, and
the picnic supper followed.
Saturday night the session was
opened by congregational sing-
ing, followed by a play by Cold-
water young people, "Madame, a
Easter Sunrise service was con-
ducted impressively by Antioch
young people. Breakfast out-of-
doors followed. Everyone who
could went to sing Easter songs
to the sick and shut-in of the
community. The last stop was
at the home of an aged colored
woman, who has not much longer
Sunday School devotional serv-
ice was conducted by New Home
young people and Sunday School
classes were taught by Mr.
Mooney, Miss Fine, Miss McKee,
and Miss Wright. A talk was
given by Miss Jones of the Wel-
fare Board on "The War and
its Effect Upon the Community."
Dr. F. P. Ensminger preached
After a bountiful dinner, the
session opened with each delega-
tion singing two songs. At the
business meeting resolutions of
appreciation were read.
The Goals Committee planned
the goals for the coming year
as follows: 1. Plan of beautifica-
tion for each church. 2. Two
representatives from each society
to Sealacon and to Wadley
Training School. 3. Find out
about and support Foreign and
Home Mission projects. 4. Pro-
mote and work on Lord's Acre
Plan. 5. Program Committee
improving the meetings of the
society and planning a week in
advance. 6. Cooperation with
other societies in the community.
7. Get all young people in com-
munity into some church. 8. Im-
prove religious life of societies
and our own personal lives.
At the election of officers
Willie Ceal Thomason was made
president; Euna V. Worley, vice-
president; Julia Bell Williams,
secretary. New Home invited
the conference to meet with it
The final consecration service
was led by Rev. A. C. Nelson,
and this was followed by the
communion service led by Mr.
Nelson and Dr. Ensminger.
Reported by Mildred Worley,
IN OCCUPIED CHINA
In the midst of terrible war
it is interesting to learn that
missionaries in occupied China,
though temporarily confined to
the compounds or accompanied
by guards when outside the com-
pounds, were later given freedom
to go about in their work in
their communities. The Jap-
anese gendarmes were told by the
Emperor of Japan to treat the
missionaries with courtesy, it
April 11-12 the Tennessee
young people met at Soddy for
a very enjoyable week-end.
Each of the following churches
gave a report on their goals:
Stearns, Robbins, Daisy, Pleas-
ant Hill, Soddy, East Lake, and
Pilgrim. Some interesting items
reported were: Pleasant Hill's
Pioneer Church with its youth
cabinet to plan the program;
Soddy's hard work redecorating
the inside of the church; the
union young people's society of
Soddy and East Lake with its
fine service to enlisted men on.
Sunday nights; Pilgrim Church's
University of Life lasting for
eight weeks, and consisting of
supper at the church, entertain-
ment, devotions, and discussions.
The conference was divided
into three discussion groups.
1. 1st Group: "What rules are
we going by tomorrow?"
2. 2nd Group: "Can we keep
3. 3rd Group: "Missionaries —
Shall we send them back?"
1. Reasons why we should,
given by returned missionaries.
2. What does it take to be a
Miss Ercelle Hunter made a
chalk talk on the cross in keeping
with the devotional service of
the Soddy group.
In spite of cold weather the
conference took a sight-seeing
trip around Soddy Lake and had
supper on the lake shore. Pleas-
ant Hill was lost on the trip, and
welcomed with relief when it
Mrs. Clara Bridgeman, re-
turned missionary from Africa,
gave a very interesting talk on
the ways and customs of the
Africans and the mission work
for them. The night session
closed with games led by Pleasant
Sunday School devotions were
fed by Mr. Sampson and mem-
bers of the faculty, and the
church service was beautifully
conducted by Stearns young peo-
ple. Rev. Mrs. Ruth Sergeant
Larmee brought the morning
After a fine fellowship dinner
at the church with Pleasant Hill
and Crossville in charge of fun,
we had a Quiz program under
Dr. Ensminger's direction. At
the closing business session, com-
mittee reports were given, the
award was given to Stearns, who
invited the conference to meet
there next fall.
The consecration service was
conducted by Daisy young people.
Rev. James Davenport gave an
effective and appreciative intro-
duction to Dr. Ensminger who
brought us the closing thought
for our conference. The meeting
closed with a fellowship circle.
If the extreme modesty and
selflessness of the retiring editors
of Down South News will permit
it to pass, I should like to express
a word of appreciation and lasting
affection on behalf of the women
of the Kentucky-Tennessee Con-
Mr. Ensminger has been to us
a striking example of tireless,
patient, ever-enduring devotion
to his work and to his people.
Mrs. Ensminger has not only
been a true helpmate, but has
stood out as a brilliant, though
modest personality on her own.
It is a deep satisfaction to us
that these dear friends and lead-
ers will remain in our region in
their new work. Our affectionate
good wishes go with them wher-
ever they are, whatever they do,
and a hope that our paths may
continue to cross.
Mrs. E. T. Krueger
Chinese refugee students and
teachers, many of whom live in
mud huts and sleep on bare
boards, have sent a gift of S960
in Chinese currency for relief to
London bombing victims.